Hartlepool United boss Matthew Bates is keen to silence those who think he is not right for the Victoria Park hotseat.
Earlier this month the former caretaker was handed the job on a permanent basis having helped guide relegation-threatened Pools away from the National League bottom four. Despite managing to equal Pools’ win tally from the five months before his spell in just 13 games, Bates knows he still has doubters in the club’s fan base.
But with preparations for his first full season in charge of the club well underway, 31-year-old Bates is determined to change perceptions.
“Every manager has to convince people they are right for the job,” said Bates. “You are always trying to prove people wrong.
“You can’t please everyone – all I can do is what I have to do, day to day. And my job is not to worry about all that, it is to put a good team out on the pitch.”
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